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NJ Homelessness: What’s Changed, Why It’s Growing Nationwide.

by: Megan VerHelst

The article delves into the increasing homelessness rates in New Jersey, where more than 10,200 residents were identified as homeless in the past year. On a national scale, the number of individuals seeking shelter rose from 267,000 in the period of 2013-2017 to nearly 327,000 in the timeframe of 2018-2022, indicating a significant uptick in homelessness across the country. The data suggests a concerning trend that may be influenced by economic changes, funding cuts to shelters, or a combination of both factors. 


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